HC Deb 20 November 1947 vol 444 c1322
42. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the total tonnage of American coal imported to date, and the cost of same in dollars.

Mr. Gaitskell

Six hundred thousand tons, costing 6,355,000 dollars f.o.b. Freight charges amounting to 668,000 American dollars and 292,000 Canadian dollars were also incurred. The remaining freight charges were paid for in sterling.

Mr. W. R. Williams

What proportion of this coal is allocated to British railways? Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that it is of the high quality necessary to meet the need?

Mr. Erroll

Why could it not all have come over in British bottoms, and so save a considerable amount of dollar expenditure?

Mr. Gaitskell

They were not available.